114th Fighter Wing

South Dakota Air National Guard

The 114th Fighter Wing of the South Dakota Air National Guard is conducting readiness exercises through the weekend over Joe Foss field.

Sioux Falls residents are expected to notice increased air activity during these drills.

Duane Duimstra is a tech Sargent with the South Dakota Air National Guard. He says these exercises are meant to check the airmen’s skill in case of an emergency.

Jackie Hendry

Technology continues to change how we communicate and how we work. It's also changing how we learn. One South Dakota university is facing the challenge head-on with a new digital initiative and partnership with Apple.

Most of the student’s filing into the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan didn’t know much about their school’s new initiative. They only had a name: Digital DWU.

But curiosity turned to excitement when junior Aaron Ahmadu took the stage and performed a rap about changing times.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Two-hundred fifty South Dakota soldiers are deploying to the Pacific Theater. The men and women are military members with the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls. The Air Force National Guard unit is tasked with using tactical fighters to destroy enemy forces, supplies and equipment. Soldiers gathered Sunday for a mobilization ceremony. 

The thick soles of tan-toned boots hit smooth concrete at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls.  The boots match the fatigues of the men and women who lace them up. Hundreds of pairs shuffle together in the din of the crowd.